Johann Hubert Krekelberg family - Scrap Book
Birth Certificate of Johann in German script. (Engish version on order).
Wedding picture of Johann and Anna. Source: Othelia "Sis" Mary Krekelberg & Fr. Wm Krekelberg.
Johann and Anna's whole family picture. Source: Othelia "Sis" Mary Krekelberg & Fr. W. Krekelberg
The Park Hotel of Dent Source commentary by G. E. Krekelberg.
Of course, the town that followed, would have a post office and Johann would be the postmaster. So Johann had to submit 3 names for the town. The name "Dent" was included more as a joke than anything and named after the famous Dent Corn breed, which grew well in the area as stock feed and is still used today. I never learned of the other two names, but the Vice Postmaster General of the United States, knowing Johann fairly well, chose "Dent" more as a joke than anything as he knew nothing about the corn. Just a Dent in God's green Earth. As a kid, one darkening evening, there were 3 of us watching a meteorite falling. One kid said, "I wonder how big that thing is?" My friend David Stenger remarked, "Probably pretty small, but if it hit Dent, all that would be left is a grease spot and we'd be some of the grease." Throughout my life, I never forgot Dave's remark and chuckle a bit. How true!
Johanns-daughters. These ladies made enormous changes in the lives of so many.
Johann "John" Hubert Krekelberg obituary Source: Perham Enterprise Bulletin, March 8, 1918.
A 1916 account of Johann "John" by John W. Mason. HISTORY OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA (B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.: Indianapolis, 1916) Vol 2 p. 582f
John H. Krekelberg, original founder of Dent, Otter Tail, Minnesota